The Old Fire Station,a pioneering partnership between a professional arts centre and homeless charity Crisis,today announces that Ellen Robertson will step in to perform the role of Helen in the world première of Mike Bartlett’s, Mrs Delgado. Robertson replacesRakhee Sharma, who has had to withdraw from the production due to unforeseen circumstances.

The production, directed by Clare Lizzimore, will run with an amended schedule, opening on 10 December, with previews from 8 December, and running until 21 December. It will be livestreamed on 11 and 14 December.

Alexandra Coke, producing the show for the Old Fire Station, said today, “We are delighted to welcome Ellen back to the OFS, after her appearances in Snowflake in 2019, and last year’s filmed show An Intervention. Ellen is a great comedian and a fantastic actress – you can see a pilot for her show Britney, along with her comedy partner Charly Clive on BBC iPlayer. We can’t wait to work with her again, and we’d like to thank her for stepping in so close to opening night.”

Please find updated schedule here: https://oldfirestation.org.uk/whats-on/mrs-delgado/ – ticket holders for cancelled performances will be contacted regarding their booking.

Old Fire Station presents

The world première of

By Mike Bartlett 

Directed by Clare Lizzimore

Old Fire Station, Oxford 

8 – 21 December 2021

Helen, along with 67 million other people, is in lockdown. Unfortunately Helen’s nearest neighbour, Mrs Delgado, is not. 

Mike Bartlett’s funny and poignant new play tells a story of desire, control, raised blinds and lowered boundaries.

Mike Bartlett is a multi-award-winning stage and screen writer. He has won three Olivier Awards for his plays Cock (Royal Court Theatre – Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre), King Charles III (Almeida Theatre/Wyndham’s Theatre – Best New Play; also winner of Critics’ Circle Award for Best New Play), Bull (Young Vic – Olivier Award for Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre). He also won the UK Theatre Award for Best New Play for Love, Love, Love, which transferred to the Royal Court Theatre. Other plays include Snowflake (Old Fire Station, Kiln Theatre), Albion, Game (Almeida Theatre), Wild (Hampstead Theatre), 13, Earthquakes in London (National Theatre) and many others. He has previously been Writer-in-Residence at the Royal Court Theatre, National Theatre and Paines Plough. His television work has also won national acclaim, including hit BBC One series Doctor Foster, which won BAFTA, National Television, Royal Television Society and Broadcasting Press Guild Awards. Other television credits include LifePress (BBC), Trauma, The Town (ITV – BAFTA nominated) and the television adaptation of King Charles III (BBC).

Ellen Robertson plays Helen. Her credits for the company include An Intervention and Snowflake (also Kiln Theatre). Robertson and her comedy partner, Charly Clive’s debut show Britney had a sell-out run at the Battersea Arts Centre – the production first played at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Soho Theatre/ and VAULT Festival – the show was also adapted for BBC3. Together they are developing a scripted television project with Pure producers Drama Republic. As a writer, her work includes Nesting (The Watermill Theatre), an episode of the web series Post Coital (which she also starred in) and is currently working on a new play, Any Willing Provider. For television, as an actor, her work includes The Pale Horse and In My Skin.

Clare Lizzimore is an award-winning writer and director. Mrs Delgado is herthirdcollaboration with playwright Mike Bartlett, following Snowflake (Old Fire Station, Kiln Theatre) and Bull (Young Vic, Sheffield Theatres and 59E59 New York), which won the Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre. She has also won a Channel 4 Theatre Directors Award (Formally the RTYDS Award) and Arts Foundation Theatre Directing Fellowship; and she was previously resident director at Citizens Theatre, Glasgow and staff director at the National Theatre. Her other directing credits include One Day When We Were Young (Paines Plough/Sheffield Theatres/Shoreditch Town Hall), Lay Down Your Cross, On the Rocks (Hampstead Theatre), Pieces of Vincent (Arcola Theatre), Faces In The Crowd, The Mother (Royal Court Theatre), Fear and MiseryWar and Peace (Royal Court Theatre/Latitude), The Most Humane Way To Kill a Lobster (Theatre503), and Tom Fool (Glasgow Citizens/Bush).


Old Fire Station

40 George Street, Oxford OX1 2AQ 

8 – 21 December 2021 

Livestream: 11 and 14 December at 7.30pm

Box Office: 01865 263990 / www.oldfirestation.org.uk 

Tickets: £13 – £17